- Igbo Elders Consultative Forum have continued their consultations to ensure that the southeast wins the presidency in 2023
- The elders have started reaching out to key leaders in northern Nigeria to get their support ahead of the elections
- The elders have since identified Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate as the ideal candidate for 2023
Owa-Oyibu - The southeast elders and key political actors have intensified consultation with prominent religious and traditional rulers to ensure their plan for Igbo presidency comes to fruition in 2023.
Among those they being reached out to are the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.
The Secretary General of Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, Prof. Charles Nwekeaku, made this known in an interview with Punch newspaper.
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According to him, having been betrayed by the Peoples Democratic Party, Igbo have seen another route to the 2023 presidency through the presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, who he said, had received the backing of northerners.
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“You must have read where (Ango) Abdullahi, Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, said that they were not accepting the All Progressives Congress and the PDP. You must have read that.
“We’ve reached out to them; we’re still talking with them. We’ve visited Sultan of Sokoto. I was even a member of the delegation that met him. So, I’m talking authoritatively.
“Every Nigerian, an average progressive minded Nigerian today, wants a change. That change is in favour of Peter Obi of the Labour Party. So Igbo Elders Consultative Forum is working hard, in reaching out, not because Obi is an Igbo.”
2023: Peter Obi will make Nigerians proud of Nigeria if elected
Meanwhile, Comrade Clement Ojukwu, the Labour Party national organising secretary, has declared that Obi will make Nigerians proud of Nigeria if elected in 2023.
Ojukwu made the comment while speaking to Legit.ng in Abuja on Obi's chances.
“Our candidate, Mr. Peter Obi is for all Nigerians. He will make the citizens of this country proud of Nigeria when he takes over the Presidential Villa in 2023.
“We urge Nigerians to stick to our candidate, because he has better plans for the people and he is a proven performer in all indices of governance.”
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Meanwhile, the recent meeting between Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra state and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has sent jitters to the camp of Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
This is coming three days after Obi had a closed door meeting with some PDP governors led by Rivers governor, Nyesom Wike in Port Harcourt.
In Atiku's camp, it is being feared that the meetings may affect the political fortunes of the PDP presidential candidate negatively.
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On his part, prominent Nigerian Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, says he feels pity for Nigeria’s next president.
In an article he wrote and seen by Legit.ng, Gumi said the next commander-in-chief has to act “quickly and carefully” when he assumes office.
The prominent cleric warned that if the country's next president treat terrorism with kid gloves, insurgency will get worse.